NY Mets: 1 trade target to consider from each 100-loss team
By Tim Boyle
Mets trade targets on the Rangers: Brett Martin
Would you believe the Texas Rangers don’t have much to offer the Mets? Realistically, there aren’t too many great fits. Lefty reliever Brett Martin is probably the best.
Now three years into his MLB career, Martin had gone 7-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 139.1 innings. Last year, he was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 62.1 innings. He held lefties to a .255 batting average which might not seem superb but it’s good enough as the second lefty in the bullpen.
The Mets absolutely need to reunite with Aaron Loup. After what he gave them in 2021, letting him slip away would be criminal.
However, the team could benefit from having at least one other lefty they can trust out of the bullpen. Martin is young, controllable, and not too costly. While the Rangers are running to the market to sell him, they have no reason to hold on too tightly if the Mets can at least give them a decent offer.
It might not be exciting at all to think of the Mets making winter trades for middle relievers. As boring as it is, players like these can make a huge difference. Add in how many free agents the Mets have in their bullpen after the 2022 season, it’s important to start adding controllable guys now before everyone leaves.
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Which other trade targets do you see on the 100-loss clubs?